Required Gear & Equipment

SUPPORT CREW

Each team needs there own support crew. Ideally 2-3 people is the best number but some teams manage fine with 1-person. The support crew meet the team at the Transition Areas (TA's) and help the team to change from one discipline to the next. We strongly suggest a 4WD vehicle as the crew vehicle, motorhomes, trailers and large vehicles are not ideal for the TA's.

 

GEAR LIST

This gear needs to be carried by the team for ALL hiking and biking stages - sometimes referred to as the compulsory gear. Everyone needs a wetsuit for rafting (plus wear running shoes & bike helmet). Everyone also needs a mountain bike and take tools for basic trail repairs. You'll need front & rear bike lights if you're night riding.

 

3-HOUR

Individual Gear

  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Warm thermal jersey
  • Thermal top
  • Thermal pants (leggings)
  • Warm Hat
  • Warm Gloves
  • Backpack

Team Gear

  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Compass
  • Phone
  • Head Torch

6-HOUR

Individual Gear

  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof Over trousers / Pants
  • Warm thermal jersey
  • Thermal top
  • Thermal pants (leggings)
  • Warm Hat
  • Warm Gloves
  • Backpack
  • Headtorch

Team Gear

  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Compass
  • Survival Blanket
  • Phone

 

12-HOUR

Individual Gear

  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof Over trousers / Pants
  • Warm Thermal Jersey
  • Thermal top
  • Thermal pants (leggings)
  • Warm Hat
  • Warm Gloves
  • Whistle
  • Headtorch
  • Survival Blanket
  • Backpack

Team Gear

  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Compass
  • Phone

 

PACK RAFTS

the 12-hour, 4-person category will possibly need to provide their own pack rafts and equipment. This will be confirmed shortly. 

GPS / GADGETS/ FITBIT …

We have fielded a lot of questions this year about what technology is permitted to be used in the event.

We adopt the standard adventure racing rules. It's probably best to start with what you are allowed.

ALLOWED

- watches (time, stopwatch, altimetre)

- bike speedo / computer (it is okay if it uses GPS to measure speed and distance but you cannot use a GPS bike computer that gives you your location, either by coordinates or on a visual screen map)

- exception to many events, we do allow Fitbits and similar devices that record data which you can access after the event.

NOT ALLOWED

- GPS of any form on hiking stages. (see note re GPS regarding bike speedo / computer)

- Any electronic measuring device on hiking stages used to help navigation

- Any device that gives you your location (mobile phone, GPS & others)

This essentially means in the race you can have a watch that gives you the time and maybe altitude. On your bike you can have a speedo that gives your speed and distance covered. Other than those things, the navigation is map and compass. In your backpack you can carry a data recording device provided it stays out of sight and not used during the race.

 

Packraft Hire

 If you're looking to hire a packraft check out https://packraftingqueenstown.com/rental-and-retail/